A mainstay on Philadelphia stages, Keith Conallen is known for playing edgy, daring roles with independent theater companies such as Azuka, Theatre Exile and the now (sadly) defunct Flashpoint Theater Company. But Conallen's zealous collaboration with the Wilma Theater and Blanka Zizka's HotHouse ensemble has given him a spiritual home. He’ll tackle his latest role in the Wilma’s production of “Dance Nation” by Clare Barron, opening Oct. 22.

As a kid growing up in South Jersey, Dane Eissler wasn’t much interested in theater. Shy and quiet, he found himself drawn to visual arts, which allowed him to express his creativity without performing in front of large crowds.

A musical adaptation of “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker’s timeless exploration of Black queer love, took top honors at the 2019 Barrymore Awards, which recognizes excellence in Philadelphia theater. The ceremony took place on Oct. 14 at the Bok Building in South Philadelphia.

Adam Bock prefers to chronicle the unsung hero. The prolific gay playwright told PGN that when he sits down to write, he wants “to focus the story on someone who isn’t typically focused on.”

Local theater performers and playwrights are pooling their considerable talents for a 24-hour theater festival to raise funds for Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides housing and supportive services for LGBTQ-plus youth in the Lehigh Valley.

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